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NACO's alarm about Kashmir found false: J&K official
By d-sector Team  | 06 May 2010

UN calls to halt the use of child soldiers in Somalia
By d-sector Team  | 06 May 2010

Zimbabwe receives UN aid to fight measles
By d-sector Team  | 06 May 2010

UN water project brings relief to people in Ethiopia
By d-sector Team  | 06 May 2010

Rs. 5000 Crores grant recommended for forests conservation
By d-sector Team  | 06 May 2010

Rajya Sabha clears Plantation Labour Bill
By d-sector Team  | 04 May 2010

Mining in forest areas to be curbed
By d-sector Team  | 04 May 2010

Himalayan glaciers won’t disappear, say experts
By d-sector Team  | 04 May 2010

Activists and politicians join hands for women's MP quota
By d-sector Team  | 02 May 2010

IITs join hands to clean up the Ganga
By d-sector Team  | 02 May 2010

Bangladesh makes policy to curb child labour
By d-sector Team  | 02 May 2010

Lok Sabha gives green signal to green tribunals
By d-sector Team  | 01 May 2010

Campaign launched against child labour
By d-sector Team  | 01 May 2010

More people approach NHRC than before
By d-sector Team  | 30 Apr 2010

India's role critical to meet MDG on education: UN
By d-sector Team  | 30 Apr 2010

4000 children die due to unclean water: World Bank
By d-sector Team  | 28 Apr 2010

Developing countries get larger say in World Bank
By d-sector Team  | 27 Apr 2010

Rajasthan has higher risk of MMR: Experts
By d-sector Team  | 26 Apr 2010

UK unemployment at its worst since 1996
By d-sector Team  | 26 Apr 2010

Seal the climate deal by 2011: BASIC group
By d-sector Team  | 26 Apr 2010

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Corruption Watch

The bad news is that corruption has not only sustained but has grown in size and stature in the country. With scams being a regular feature, seventy per cent respondents in a survey have rightfully opined that corruption has continued to increase in India. One in every two interviewed admit having paid a bribe for availing public services during last one year. Transparency International's latest survey reveals that the political parties top the chart for the most corrupt public institutions, followed by police force and legislatures. No wonder, India continues to make new records on the global corruption arena!

The shocking revelation is that the health and education sectors haven't remained untouched by this phenomenon. With 5th and 6th positions respectively for these sectors on the public perception chart on corruption, corruption has crept insidiously into these sectors of hope for the masses. With bureaucracy being fourth in the list of corrupt institutions in the country, corruption seems to have been non-formally institutionalized with little hope if public services would ever be effective in the country. With economic growth having literally institutionalized corruption, are we now expecting corrupt to be socially responsible - a different CSR.

Poor. Who?

Not giving 'aid' to India is one thing but calling it 'rich' is quite another. If one in three of the world's malnourished children live in India, what does average daily income of $3 indicate? It perhaps means that there is a relative decline in poverty - people are 'less poor' than what they used to be in the past. But having crossed the World Bank arbitrary threshold of $2 a day does not absolve the 'developed' countries of their obligation to part with 0.7 per cent of their Gross National Income in development aid. Should this three-decade old figure not be revised?  

An interesting debate in UK's House of Commons delved on future of development assistance by the British Government. While prioritizing limited resources has been a concern, there has been no denying the fact that development aid must be guided towards tangible gains over a short period of time to start with. There are difficult choices for elected governments to make - should they invest in long-term primary education or in short-term university scholarships? Which of these will bring gains and trigger long-term transformation in the society. As politicians continue to be divided on the matter, poverty persists!!   

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